Tom Cain

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Tom Cain
Personal information
Full name Thomas Cain
Date of birth (1874-10-12)12 October 1874
Place of birth Sunderland, England
Date of death 1952 (aged 78)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
Hebburn Argyle
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1893–1894 Stoke 11 (0)
1894–1895 Everton 11 (0)
1895–1896 Southampton St. Mary's 10 (0)
1896 Grimsby Town 2 (0)
1896–1897 Hebburn Argyle
1897 West Stanley
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Thomas "Tom" Cain (12 October 1874 – 1952) was an English footballer who played as goalkeeper for Stoke, Everton and Southampton St. Mary's in the 1890s.[1]

Football career[edit]

Cain was born in Sunderland and started his career with Hebburn Argyle before joining Stoke in 1893, where he took over in goal from the injured Bill Rowley for eleven league matches during the 1893–94 season.[1]

In April 1894, he moved to Everton, making his first team debut as a replacement for the out of form Richard Williams in a 3–1 victory over Bolton Wanderers on 6 October 1894.[2] Cain retained his place for a further nine league matches, before Williams was recalled. After two further appearances in March, Cain moved to the south coast to join Southampton St. Mary's for their second season in the Southern League.

In his Southampton debut, Cain replaced Walter Cox, but underwent a goalkeeper's nightmare, conceding seven goals away to Clapton on 19 October 1895. Despite this setback, he retained his place, although he missed several key games through injury, being replaced by the on-loan "Gunner" Reilly or by Cox.[3]

Following the arrival of George Clawley, Cain moved on again at the end of the season, returning to the Football League with Grimsby Town for a then Southampton club record transfer fee of £20. Despite this fee, Cain only made two League appearances for Grimsby before returning to Hebburn Argyle in October.[4]

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season League FA Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Stoke[1] 1893–94 11 0 0 0 11 0
Everton 1894–95 11 0 0 0 11 0
Southampton St. Mary's 1895–96 10 0 0 0 10 0
Grimsby Town 1896–97 2 0 0 0 2 0
Career Total 34 0 0 0 34 0


  1. ^ a b c Matthews, Tony (1994). The Encyclopaedia of Stoke City. Lion Press. ISBN 0-9524151-0-0. 
  2. ^ "Bolton Wanderers 1 - Everton 3". 6 October 1894. Retrieved 25 April 2009. 
  3. ^ Chalk, Gary; Holley, Duncan (1987). Saints – A complete record. Breedon Books. pp. 18–19. ISBN 0-907969-22-4. 
  4. ^ Holley, Duncan; Chalk, Gary (1992). The Alphabet of the Saints. ACL & Polar Publishing. p. 59. ISBN 0-9514862-3-3. 

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